By: Elena Grace Flores
It is now common worldwide to be vigilant in crowded places where terror can strike at any time. This has been observed in the U.S., Europe and elsewhere. However, the Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueno clarifies that there is no specific threat to security during the Quiapo procession based on information relayed to him by the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency. Nevertheless, aside from practicing faith, it is also helpful to use common sense.
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The UK and US Travel Advisory
The United Kingdom and the United States advise their citizens who happen to be in the Philippines to take security precautions amid possible terror attacks. This is in time for the celebration of the Feast of the Black Nazarene on Jan 9, 2017. The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office updates its travel advice after reports that several members of the IS-inspired Maute terror group are in the capital. The intend to make chaos during the celebration that involves long hours of the procession.
Leave the Children and Elderly at Home
Many elderly patrons already visit the Black Nazarene before the major procession. This is a very wise idea than face the danger while joining the crowd. In the past, many children are lost or suffer from injuries. Better leave them at home where they can be safe. if there’s nobody that can tend to them in the house, it is wiser just to make merits for the Black Nazarene at home.
Do not Bring Unnecessary Things
Technology gadgets and other things delay the screening of attendees. Each devotee is subject to security inspection. If the physical devotion is so important, bring only yourself and some transportation money to get to the place and back to Make sure to have food and water also just in case.
Aside from the possibility of being injured by the crowd, it must also be considered that 158 prisoners escape from the Cotabato District Jail. This is hard to ignore because some of thise prisoners are notorious rebels involve in terrorism acts. It is not about being paranoid – but with what’s happening to the world today, better be safe than sorry.